Former Grand Prix, IndyCar and sports car legend Dan Gurney is recuperating and in typically excellent spirits after undergoing major knee surgery last week.
The 80-year-old American – who won four F1 Grands Prix and claimed three Indy 500 podiums during his racing heyday – underwent the procedure last week, and he’s now sporting a titanium knee joint.
“It hurts and it’s hard to get comfortable to sleep but they had me standing up on it the same day they replaced it so that’s encouraging for an old geezer,” he told SPEED TV.
“My wife (Evi) has become a damn good nurse and it’s a good thing!” he joked.
The two have spent their recovery period joking with one another on the phone.
“A.J. said he left the hospital three days before his doctors wanted him to and now he’s suffering,” Gurney added.
“I told him he was just trying to live up to his reputation.”